India is ready to play an important and strategic role in the world of electric mobility. Many states have policies in place for greater adoption of electric vehicles. One of the main pillars of the 2022 budget was the emphasis on clean and environmentally friendly public transport in India. The Indian government is supporting the electric vehicle industry through programs such as FAME-I and FAME-II, with a focus on charging infrastructure.
The electric vehicle movement in India has not seen the desired growth due to the lack of affordable long-range vehicles and insufficient public infrastructure for charging electric vehicles. To discuss future infrastructure readiness and electric vehicle challenges, ETGovernment hosted a special session on smart transportation and electric vehicles with policy makers and leaders from the transport and mobility sector.
Maharashtra is one of many states offering lucrative incentives. While making a strong plea for battery electric vehicles and better public electric vehicle charging infrastructure, Ashish Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Transport and Ports, Government of Maharashtra, said, “Our policy on electric vehicles (EV) aims to bring at least 1,46,000 new battery-electric vehicles on the roads by 2025. We have extended the pre-registration incentives for electric vehicles until March 31 to promote the electric vehicle industry. electric vehicles in the state. We plan to offer incentives to mobility and delivery companies to electrify their vehicle fleets before 2025 to promote a cleaner environment. as the state plans to become a leading manufacturer of electric vehicles.
Kerala is one of the pioneer states when it comes to the adoption of electric vehicles. Sharing information on electric vehicle infrastructure – charging stations, battery testing and energy storage, KR Jyothilal, Principal Secretary, Transport, Aviation and Metro, Government of Kerala, said: “Over 16,000 electric vehicles are already registered with the Kerala Department of Transport.We are aiming for one million electric vehicles by 2025 and have launched an electric vehicle policy to that effect.We are stepping up into the electrified spectrum.As a pilot project , we have introduced hydrogen fuel cell electric buses in Kochi Metro Kerala has established 100 charging stations and is set to establish 1,140 public pole-mounted solar charging stations to charge electric vehicles in the state .
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a new battery swapping policy for electric vehicles in the 2022 Union Budget. Industry players have also been quite optimistic and have shown active interest in the overall EV charging ecosystem. “The main challenge for the adoption of electric vehicles lies in charging stations and battery exchange stations. We will establish charging stations at 10 main metro stations in Bengaluru Metro. We are looking for partners to develop our electric vehicle charging and parking infrastructure,” said Anjum Parwez, Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.
Chhattisgarh has an electric vehicle density of almost six thousand. As India’s EV ecosystem is constantly evolving, Dipanshu Kabra, Transport Commissioner for the Government of Chhattisgarh, said, “We are in the final stages of finalizing our EV policy. EESL is setting up 20 charging stations in Chhattisgarh. Electric vehicles will be adopted rapidly as technology evolves. »
Coupling EV charging with low-cost renewable energy systems can go a long way to improving the economics of EV and RE adoption. Manu Srivastava, Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh, said: “The adoption of electric vehicles has been much better in the two- and three-wheeler segment than in the four-wheeler segment. Government has a major role to play in demand aggregation. To make it viable, we need to reduce the cost of electricity. Electricity regulators should have lower electricity cost for electric vehicle charging. A separate fare class would be required. Charging infrastructure on the outskirts of the city would be necessary for large transport operators operating large fleets. If the solar capacity is oversized, the energy storage could be used to charge electric vehicles,” Srivastava suggested to promote electric vehicles with low-cost renewable energy for an electrified future.
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